Azelastine

Description

Azelastine, the primary constituent of Azelastine, is used to relieve allergic symptoms. The nasal use formulations of azelastine are used to treat symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, etc. associated with allergic rhinitis. The ophthalmic formulations of azelastine are used to treat symptoms such as eye redness and itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Azelastine

  • Burning or itching of eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye discharge
  • Bitter taste
  • Burning in the Nose
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

Uses of Azelastine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    Ophthalmic Use: The effect of this medicine can be observed within 3 minutes of administration of the dose. Nasal Use: The peak effect of this medicine can be observed within 1 to 3 hours of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    Ophthalmic Use: The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 8 hours. Nasal Use: The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 12 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of severe side effects. These side effects may include confusion, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, fainting, etc. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol during treatment with this medicine.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to azelastine or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.
General warnings

Driving or Operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause symptoms such as blurred vision, drowsiness, sleepiness, etc. in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Pediatric Use

Ophthalmic Use: This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 3 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. Nasal Use: This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 6 months of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Missed Dose

Nasal spray: Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one. Eye Drops: Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not instill a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Nasal

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of severe side effects. These side effects may include confusion, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, fainting, etc. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol during treatment with this medicine.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Alprazolam

Buspirone

Aripiprazole

Carbamazepine

Brompheniramine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as advised by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine inhibits the actions of certain chemical substances which are responsible for causing allergic symptoms.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Nasal antihistamines and decongestants, Ophthalmic antihistamines and decongestants

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 31 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2008/021127s013lbl.pdf

Azelastine Nasal Spray: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 31 July 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a697014.html

[Internet]. Mhra.gov.uk. 2018 [cited 31 July 2018]. Available from:

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/spcpil/documents/spcpil/con1510292568273.pdf

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 31 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.1624.pdf

DailyMed - Azelastine hydrochloride spray, metered [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 31 July 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=d4c9d16e-56b8-967d-f64c-a4e393a4c9ce

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Information on this page was last updated on 9 Aug 2018

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